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BSJ Game Report: Yankees 5, Red Sox 3 – Bullpen collapse sends Sox to third straight loss

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All you need to know, in quickie form, about the Red Sox' 5-3 loss to the Yankees, complete with BSJ analysis and insight:



Bullpen finally costs Sox: Through the first 18 games, the Red Sox' bullpen -- identified as a potential weakness in the spring -- performed far better than expected. But that changed in dramatic fashion Wednesday when the Sox saw a 3-1 lead in the seventh very quickly turn into a 5-3 deficit. Brandon Workman started the trouble by walking two around a base hit, filling the bases with one out. In came Ryan Brasier, who got ahead of Brett Gardner 0-2 with two quick sliders. But then, inexplicably, Brasier threw a fastball -- over the heart of the plate, no less -- and Gardner drove it into the seats in right for a grand slam. It marked the first blown save of the season for the Red Sox bullpen.

Eovaldi deserved better: Following in the footsteps of strong starts from Eduardo Rodriguez (last Friday) and David Price (Saturday), Nathan Eovaldi had his best start of the season, limiting the Yankees to a single run on just three hits over six innings. From the beginning, Eovaldi flashed a good fastball, frequently hitting 98-99 mph in the first inning and deftly mixed in his cutter, curveball and split-finger fastball. Eovaldi showed precise control, too. After issuing 10 walks in his first 15 innings -- some atypical wildness on his part -- he walked just one batter Wednesday while striking out six. Eovaldi finished well, too, retiring the final eight hitters he faced, including three by strikeout. In the fourth, he got himself out of a jam, with runners at second and third and one out, fanning Mike Tauchman and getting Gio Uershela on a grounder to first.

Pedroia exits: It can't be good news that Dustin Pedroia came out of the game after an inning and a half Wednesday night. Pedroia, who was the second baseman in the starting lineup, had one at-bat